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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 22 26 26 15 9 98 SAN ANTONIO 21 19 21 28 14 103 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - KOBE BRYANT 23, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 22, GLEN RICE 13 SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 17, MALIK ROSE 14, TERRY PORTER 13

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - BRIAN SHAW 10, AC GREEN 8 SAS - MALIK ROSE 9, JEROME KERSEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - BRIAN SHAW 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 SAS - ANTONIO DANIELS 10, TERRY PORTER 6

ATT: 29,447


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (98) AT SAN ANTONIO (103) - FINAL IN OT

LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GREEN F 24 4-9 1-2 4 4 8 4 2 2 0 9 RICE F 22 6-11 0-1 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 13 ONEAL C 32 9-16 4-8 3 4 7 4 3 0 3 22 BRYANT G 42 9-21 3-4 6 1 7 1 5 1 1 23 SHAW G 31 2-8 0-0 3 7 10 7 1 0 1 4 HARPER 9 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 FOX 26 5-15 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 1 2 12 KNIGHT 21 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 5 0 0 4 CELESTAND 24 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 HORRY 15 1-4 2-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 GEORGE 19 2-8 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 0 5 SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 41-102 12-20 22 36 58 23 22 4 11 98 (.402) (.600) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

S ELLIOTT F 25 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 12 WALKER F 31 3-11 3-7 1 7 8 1 6 0 2 9 ROBINSON C 27 7-16 3-4 2 5 7 1 2 2 0 17 ELIE G 21 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 0 2 3 JOHNSON G 27 3-8 1-1 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 7 J KERSEY 24 6-8 0-0 2 7 9 0 2 2 1 12 PORTER 31 4-11 4-5 0 2 2 6 0 2 2 13 ROSE 32 6-12 2-3 4 5 9 1 4 0 1 14 DANIELS 28 5-8 0-2 0 4 4 10 1 0 1 11 SPENCER 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 JACKSON 11 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 DUNCAN DNP - TORN MENISCUS LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 265 41-88 15-24 11 40 51 27 23 6 12 103 (.466) (.625) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

LA LAKERS 22 26 26 15 9 - 98 SAN ANTONIO 21 19 21 28 14 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 2, HORRY. SAN ANTONIO - SPENCER 2, ROSE, WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-23 (.174), RICE 1-5, BRYANT 2-5, SHAW 0-2, FOX 0-2, CELESTAND 0-2, HORRY 0-2, GEORGE 1-5. SAN ANTONIO 6-14 (.429), S ELLIOTT 2-2, ELIE 1-3, PORTER 1-5, DANIELS 1-2, JACKSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TED BERNHARDT, MIKE SMITH. A - 29,447. T - 2:31.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 24 4-9 1-2 4-8 4 2 9 Rice 22 6-11 0-1 0-4 3 0 13 Oneal 32 9-16 4-8 3-7 4 3 22 Bryant 42 9-21 3-4 6-7 1 5 23 Shaw 31 2-8 0-0 3-10 7 1 4 Harper 9 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 Fox 26 5-15 2-2 2-3 2 2 12 Knight 21 2-5 0-0 0-5 1 5 4 Celestand 24 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Horry 15 1-4 2-3 0-1 0 2 4 George 19 2-8 0-0 3-7 0 1 5 Salley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 26541-102 12-20 22-58 23 22 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 4-23, .174 (Rice 1-5, Bryant 2-5, Shaw 0-2, Fox 0-2, Celestand 0-2, Horry 0-2, George 1-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal 2, Horry). Turnovers: 11 (Oneal 3, Fox 2, Rice 2, Bryant, Harper, Horry, Shaw). Steals: 4 (Green 2, Bryant, Fox).

SAN ANTONIO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Elliott 25 5-7 0-0 1-4 0 3 12 Walker 31 3-11 3-7 1-8 1 6 9 Robinson 27 7-16 3-4 2-7 1 2 17 Elie 21 1-4 0-0 0-2 5 2 3 Johnson 27 3-8 1-1 1-3 3 1 7 J Kersey 24 6-8 0-0 2-9 0 2 12 Porter 31 4-11 4-5 0-2 6 0 13 Rose 32 6-12 2-3 4-9 1 4 14 Daniels 28 5-8 0-2 0-4 10 1 11 Spencer 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Jackson 11 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 5 Duncan DNP - torn meniscus left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 41-88 15-24 11-51 27 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (S Elliott 2-2, Elie 1-3, Porter 1-5, Daniels 1-2, Jackson 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Spencer 2, Rose, Walker). Turnovers: 15 (Johnson 3, Elie 2, Porter 2, Walker 2, Daniels, J Kersey, Rose). Steals: 6 (J Kersey 2, Porter 2, Robinson 2). _________________________________________________ La Lakers 22 26 26 15 9 - 98 San Antonio 21 19 21 28 14 - 103 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Oneal, 1:39 OT). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 29,447. T: 2:31. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ted Bernhardt, Mike Smith.


Game Story

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers may have gotten most of the attention throughout the season, but the San Antonio Spurs served notice they are still the defending NBA champions.

With center Tim Duncan sitting out his fourth straight game with a knee injury, the Spurs rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and sent a message to the Lakers with a 103-98 overtime victory.

En route to its first NBA title last season, San Antonio swept Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals. The Spurs took three of four this season, becoming the only team to win the season series from the Lakers.

Los Angeles enters the playoffs with a two-game losing streak after looking nearly invincible since the All-Star break. The Lakers (67-15) suffered a 112-102 loss at Dallas on Tuesday.

"It turned out to be a wild one," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We wanted to win the game. Our second unit had a 17-point lead. I feel like it is their responsibility to bring it home."

The Spurs (53-29) clinched fourth place in the West and will have home-court advantage in their first-round series with the Phoenix Suns.

"This comeback was important as we wanted to start off at home," Spurs coach Sean Elliott said. "We didn't want to go to Phoenix to start. That was the importance of this game."

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich felt the fans at the Alamodome helped the Spurs over the 17-point deficit.

"The fans were unbelievable," he said. "I think they really wanted these first two games at home. They gave us the juice, especially when we were down. They pulled us through."

David Robinson had six of his 17 points in overtime, including a jumper that gave San Antonio a 98-91 lead with 1:50 remaining.

After Antonio Daniels' jumper made it 101-92, Kobe Bryant hit two straight 3-pointers to bring the Lakers within 101-98 with 21 seconds to play. Jaren Jackson hit two foul shots seven seconds later to clinch the win.

"This (Lakers) is the best team in the league record-wise and the fact that we beat them gives us momentum going into the playoffs," Daniels said. "We have a great chance to go far and this win showed that."

Shaquille O'Neal scored 22 points for the Lakers but just two after the third quarter. He was held scoreless in the fourth period, when the Spurs used a 16-3 run to climb back into the game.

"This was a fun game for us to come out and play," Bryant said. "It is good for this team heading into the playoffs to come out and play in a hostile environment. The Spurs are always good competition for us and in the fourth quarter, the crowd really got into it and the game got emotional."

The Lakers appeared to be in control after Rick Fox hit a 20-footer to make it 80-63 with 10:45 remaining. But Phil Jackson stayed with his second unit and the Spurs reeled off 10 straight points to pull within 80-73 on Terry Porter's layup with eight minutes left.

The Lakers had to rally in the final minutes after Samaki Walker's short jumper gave San Antonio an 88-84 edge with 1:58 left. With the Spurs leading 89-86, rookie Devean George hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds to play to force overtime.

Despite the two straight losses, the Lakers went 30-4 after the All-Star break.

"I don't think our second unit played a whole quarter all year, but I think Phil expected us to pull away and we didn't," Fox said.

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